The Importance Of Proper Accountability
AR-735-5 defines Accountability as the obligation of a person to keep records of property, documents, or funds. These records show identification data, gains, losses, dues-in, dues-out, and balances on hand or in use. In my own words Accountability is one 's personal responsibility to track and maintain property that is entering, or leaving your possession.
Why is accountability important to the Army? Accountability is a very important part of an enlisted and a noncommissioned officer job. The enlisted soldier is responsible for all items issued to him whether it be a weapon, night vision goggles, uniforms, a vehicle, or some TA-50, a field manual, medication, basic initial issue, or…show more content…
In basic training we had the Soldier creed drilled into our minds. One of the lines reads “ I will always maintain my army my equipment and myself”. What this passage implies is that it is our responsibility to maintain accountability and proper maintenance of what we are charged with, be it a weapon, a computer or eve a tool box. It is a task that all soldiers must have the willpower to accomplish.
The way to keep proper accountability of equipment issued (or signed for) is through DD form 2062, the army hand receipt. A DD form 2062 is a form used to track who is in current possession of certain items and who the original holder of the equipment is. In theory no army items should ever change hands without the proper use of a DD 2062. From personal experience this is not always the case. Soldiers have a tendency to to lend equipment or items to fellow soldiers without using DD 2062’s believing that they will not have anything to worry about for the reason that they know and trust who they are letting borrow said equipment. This is not a safe practice. If for example SPC Blue is signed for a SINGAR radio and his buddy SPC Red is is tasked to test radios for the battalion. SPC Red asks his friend SPC Blue if he can borrow his radio. SPC Blue does not use a hand receipt but lets SPC Red